I had kind of a nerd-out this morning. But I felt like everyone needed to know about this.
eeeeee so close, I don’t mean to be a dick but this is my favorite subject so lemme inject a few more facts. ‘The pouf’ was not originally a masculine style while poufy hair very much was. ‘The pouf’ was a specific name of of the grandiose decorated giant beehives brought to fashion by marie Antoinette. Lemme take you though a little gender timeline with marie’s hair.
When marie was just a young princess she kept her hair very much in what was fashionable at the time for all ladies, a powdered set of curls kept close to the head. Very neat prim and proper.
When she arrived at the french court (and shook her mother’s rules) she did adopt a more masculine hairstyle, but it wasn’t the large curly wig popular at the time with fashionable men but a very boyish, tough, solider like ponytail. Not only did see adopt the simple style but fell in love with wearing very masculine cute riding habits and she suffered her first slings and arrows fro the french court for wearing what was considered a very manly butch look.
side not this painting was her mother’s favorite of marie. While she didn’t approve of her wild dressing habits, she is quoted as saying it’s the only painting to ever really truly look like marie.
Frustrated with people being real dildos about her style she started to adopt the super rococo hyper princess style we normally think of her wearing. Sick of being told she did not dress like a queen she told folkss where to stick it by inventing ‘the pouf’ with her hairdresser (also she invented fashion magazines but that’s another time). It became all the rage and often displayed the news of the day, like marie’s famous all american warship pouf.
At this time ale dandies started to adopt this look as well. The pouf did come back to bite her though when the queen started to fall out of popularity as women started to wear anti-marie poufs during the affair of the diamond necklace.
Cursed for being extravagant she again stoped trying to live up to what people wished and started to dress for herself, adopting a peasant inspired wardrobe of simple cotton dresses and a very masculine inspired mop of curls then called the hedgehog.
As seen here she also eased up on the powder, often showing her red hair. She also gave up on a lot of make up at that time. Make up was not masculine or feminine at the time but a simple of power. one did not attend court without rouge. (side note, at this time a very masculine think was men wearing red high heel pumps to court). She kept up this style pretty much till her death and was by fair the most androgynous for the time.
sorry, marie is my girl and I just had to step in.